2011 Lenhart J.H. Grothe Resources award winner

Doug Colp, '40

Doug Colp

Doug Colp graduated from the University of Alaska School of Mines (now UAF) in 1940 with a bachelor of science degree in mining engineering.

In his extraordinary 75-year mining career, Doug worked all over Alaska, primarily mining placer gold, but also consulting for companies doing coal mining, hard rock mining and mineral exploration. He worked the gold fields in the 1940s and 1950s at locations such as Gold Bench, Klery Creek, Myrtle Creek and Livengood, where he was able to take his family for the season. He was also a chief engineer and superintendent for Usibelli Coal Mine in the late 1950s.

Doug created the Mineral and Petroleum Technology associates degree program at UAF and taught there for 10 years from 1965-975. He directed mineral exploration crews, often working out of helicopters in the mid-1970s and later operated placer gold mines afterwards at locations such as Slate Creek, Candle, Tofty, Eagle Creek and Ketchum Creek. Doug was well respected for his expertise and well liked for his sense of humor and dependability. He enjoyed taking on challenging projects and responsibility.

Doug was a member of Pioneers of Alaska, Alaska Yukon Pioneers and Alaska Miners Association. At the age of 95, he was still defying odds by being actively involved in his placer gold mine in the Circle District.

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